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2006 Mazda 6 MPS review

I bought this car in 2006 as an ex-demonstrator, and still to this day most people I talk with about my car have no idea what an MPS brings to the table that the standard variants don't have. Let me tell you it's more than just a badge or luxury level. Under the bonnet, the Mazda 6 MPS is powered by a turbocharged 2...

2016 Mazda BT-50 XTR (4x4) review

I've owned the BT since late 2016. I bought the car as I wanted a vehicle that I could utilize for daily driving, picking up the kids from school, towing, camping and for going out bush for four-wheel driving. I was originally in the market for a Ford Ranger XLT, however I opted for the not-so-good-looking sister - the BT-50 - on the basis that it was $8000 cheaper and also down to the fact I have a good relationship with my local Mazda dealership...

2013 Mazda 6 Atenza review

The 2013 Mazda 6 Atenza is a fantastic family-oriented sedan. But… you don’t need to have a family to drive one – I don’t! The Mazda 6 is jam-packed with Mazda’s first round of active safety features that keep our loved ones safe at all times. For a six-year-old car, the Mazda 6 still has some relatively competitive technology...

2017 Mazda 3 SP25 Astina review

The Mazda 3 is one of Australia’s number 1 selling cars of all time. The 2017 (slight) facelift and the addition of a whole range of new features attracted me to go test drive the Mazda 3. My Mazda is the SP25 Astina, 6-speed automatic, sedan. The Astina is $37,000, including on-road costs. It is set at a good price point, considering all the features you get...

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF GT (Black Roof) review

I've always enjoyed driving and after owning a tuned XR5 Turbo for 8 years, I had the desire to go back to a car that was all about the drive, not just power. Taking a Toyota 86 for a spin left me feeling a bit underwhelmed, however, after sliding in to the cabin of a Mazda MX-5 RF I knew I was onto something special...

2001 Mazda Mx-5 review

Best-selling roadster in history… Most raced car in the world… Hairdresser’s car…? Whatever label you use to describe the Mazda MX-5, its impact on the motoring world can’t be denied. For a vehicle to inspire such passion amongst its loyal, diverse and often obsessive fanbase across the globe, there clearly must be something pretty special about the two-seat roadster...

2007 Mazda Mx-5 Coupe review

My midlife crisis has been a lifelong affair. With 25 different cars under my belt in 32 years of driving, I’m about to turn 50 knowing I’ve been faithful to my wife but not a manufacturer. And for those contemplating purchasing the quintessential midlife convertible, read on. My grandfather owned 17 motorbikes in his life and the challenge to beat this number in any form of vehicle was an early goal...

2015 Mazda Mx-5 GT review

I had my ‘quarter life crisis’ towards the end of 2017. I realised that life’s too short to wait until you’re an empty nester to experience the thrill of driving through twisty mountain roads with the roof down, feeling the breeze through your hair (while you still have it). Hence why there is a red convertible sitting in my garage...

2017 Mazda Mx-5 RF review

How much car do you really need? Do you need another SUV? Do you need a 5 door hot hatch? Or do you just need something to drive to work, get the shopping and go out in on the weekend? The ND RF MX5 presents a compelling argument to take over the role of your everyday car, not just a weekend cruiser. It is easy to drive. It is cheap to run...

2009 Mazda 3 SP25 Review

Your first car is the one you remember for life. The sense of freedom, of independence, is somehow more pronounced when buying that first set of wheels. At the age of 17, I was proud to welcome a 2009 Mazda 3 SP25 Luxury into the fleet of vehicles residing at the Hubert residence. My particular car is a silver hatchback, with a snappy 6-speed manual gearbox...

1996 Mazda 323 Astina review

I originally started looking for a second-hand small sedan, but after viewing many different cars online I considered the merits of other body shapes and widened my search parameters. A small wagon would be a useful vehicle, but I reconsidered and decided to go halfway and look for a suitable manual hatchback with at minimum airbags but ideally with ABS...